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  • 1.  I did it

    Posted 07-11-2022 12:29 PM
    Hey Everyone,

    A bit ago I made a post about how I felt that my organization at the time was racist internally. That was a feeling that I had felt for years but I was able to just block it out because I absolutely loved the work that I did and I loved my organization although I know they did not feel the same about me. I had the wonderful experience of being able to be a huge part of opening our clinic and I honestly felt that I had found my calling in life.  I was able to do so many great things, build relationships, develop systems, routines and practices that made the clinic better. 

     I felt that there were things that were happening that were either not right and/or not best for the business and clinic so I did what I feel I do best and I spoke up about them numerous times.  I knew in my heart that I should have just kept quiet but  I just had to speak up.  I spoke up so much because  I cared so much, I really poured my heart and soul into the place I worked.  I gave it everything that I had to give. 

     I had been contemplating my resignation for about a year and a half or more, Each time  I decided to resign I talked myself into staying because I really loved my job. A few things had happened made me realize that it was time for me to walk away. I have to be honest and say that turning in my resignation for a job that I really loved was one of the hardest things that I have ever done. Honestly I would categorize it in the top 5 of hard decisions I have had to make in my lifetime.  I was with that organization for 5 years. I started at the front desk and worked my way up to a director role. Leaving that organization absolutely broke my heart. 

     I cannot even begin to explain to you the agony that I dealt with in coming to this decision. I cannot explain how many tears I cried and how much guilt I felt for putting myself first.  I knew in my heart that some things I would never be able to change . It was a constant battle of me listening to others tell me that I am not doing a good job or placing the blame on me and then me listening to myself and my team that knew I was making a difference and that I was getting the job done and they felt I was a great leader. 

    During that time I learned that  I cannot make someone see my value.  I learned that I have to know that I am valuable and if I do not feel valued then I have to make a change. I learned to never dim my light because it is too bright for others.  I learned that I am not aggressive or intimidating but that others are intimidated by my strength and abilities.  I learned that I do not have to change me or become less tan so that others feel comfortable when I enter a room. I learned that I did not do anything wrong by walking away when I knew I wasn't accepted. I learned that  I did great work while I was there.   I learned that broken hearts heal. 


     I am happy to be starting a new journey at a place that values me, my knowledge, my experience.  I am glad that I did not leave the veterinary/animal welfare industry. 

     I hope that this post  helps someone realize that you are valuable. You are doing great work. You matter and it is not OK to put you first. It is not wrong to choose your happiness over the needs of others.
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    Marissa Reid
    Assistant Practice Manager
    Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital

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    Access To Care Specialist
    Clinic Management Specialist
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  • 2.  RE: I did it

    Posted 07-11-2022 03:10 PM
    Marissa,
    Congrats on your new position and mostly for prioritizing yourself and not leaving the industry. 
    We will be in touch!

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    Jennifer Evans
    CARE
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  • 3.  RE: I did it

    Posted 07-27-2022 03:48 AM
    Jennifer,


     Thank you so much!

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    Marissa Reid
    Assistant Practice Manager
    Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital

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    Access To Care Specialist
    Clinic Management Specialist
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  • 4.  RE: I did it

    Posted 07-12-2022 11:46 AM
    Hey Marissa - thanks for sharing your story. Absolutely you must take care of you first. Without self love who are you? 
    The vibe you give determines the tribe you get. And you cannot give great vibe and energy while floundering. 
    Good luck in the new organization!  Thanks too for your strength and commitment.

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    Matt Sadinsky
    CEO
    PReP Intl @ City of San Jose
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  • 5.  RE: I did it

    Posted 07-27-2022 03:50 AM
    Matt,

     Thanks for your post. I am nothing without self love and I realize that.  I love your saying " The vibe you give is the tribe you get". That is so true and really spoke to me.  I appreciate you!

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    Marissa Reid
    Assistant Practice Manager
    Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital

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    Access To Care Specialist
    Clinic Management Specialist
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  • 6.  RE: I did it

    Posted 07-15-2022 10:56 AM
    Congratulations, Marissa!

    While it's hard to step away when you keep hoping you can change a broken system, stepping away is a powerful message about how broken the system is. I'm certain that others hear that message loud and clear!

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    Emily Wood
    Director
    Broward County Animal Care
    Fort Lauderdale FL
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  • 7.  RE: I did it

    Posted 07-27-2022 03:58 AM
    Emily,

    Thank you so much.  Yes stepping away was beyond hard but I am so happy that I did.  I wanted to send  a message to myself, my team and most of all leadership at that organization that  BIPOC have value.  I have spoken up about it many times and  I finally realized that it was not my job to make the change.   I appreciate your support.  Thank you!

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    Marissa Reid
    Assistant Practice Manager
    Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital

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    Access To Care Specialist
    Clinic Management Specialist
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